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August 21, 2014
We hereby call upon the editor of The Sun op-ed page to suspend Susan Reimer two weeks for violating the rules of rational thinking ( "Ray Rice decision appears to prompt new NFL policy," Aug. 17). She is worried that the NFL "seeks to punish not only behavior that affects play on the field but behavior not even found criminal under the law. " Her first example: "Bullying in the locker room, for example. " As a former sportswriter, Ms. Reimer should know that what happens in the locker room most definitely does affect play on the field, including when it leads a bullied player to quit the team.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
A month after suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice two games for domestic violence, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged he "didn't get it right" and announced significantly harsher penalties for players who commit abuse or sexual assault, including possible lifetime bans for second offenders. The league released its tougher stance the same day the House of Ruth Maryland and the Ravens revealed a three-year partnership that will include a $600,000 donation from the team, training for the players and staff and promotional work on behalf of the centers for abused women and children.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
For a decade in the NFL, fullback Vonta Leach built a reputation as of the most intimidating lead blockers in the game by delivering punishing hits that rattled linebackers' heads. Leach displayed uncommon pop as a blocker and was able to regularly jolt defenders out of the way with his superior strength and leverage. Now, the former Ravens and Houston Texans All-Pro fullback is a free agent hoping to play another year or two in the NFL after being cut by the Ravens in February.
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Sports Digest | August 28, 2014
NFL Washington's Snyder plans for new stadium The Washington Redskins are taking steps toward finding a spot to build a new home to replace their 17-year-old stadium. Team owner Daniel Snyder told CSNWashington.com on Wednesday that he has "started the process" of entertaining designs for a new home field at a site to be determined. "Whether it's Washington, D.C., whether it's another stadium in Maryland, whether it's a stadium in Virginia, we've started the process," Snyder said.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
An ESPN poll of NFL front office personnel and coordinators had good things to say about Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who checks in among the top quarter of NFL head coaches. Harbaugh came in ninth in the poll conducted by ESPN's Mike Sando , which asked 30 NFL industry sources to rate the coaches on a 1-5 scale, with one being best and five being the worst. The scores were then averaged, with the lowest average number being the best. Harbaugh's score placed him firmly in the second-tier of NFL coaches and one spot behind his brother, Jim, who coaches the San Francisco 49ers.
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May 28, 2013
Player Team Starts Record Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TDs INTs Joe Flacco Ravens 80 54-26 1,507 2,489 60.5 17,633 102 56 Eli Manning Giants 71 42-29 1,276 2,284 55.8 14,623 98 74 Player Team Starts Record Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TDs INTs Joe Flacco Ravens 13 9-4 207 373 55.5 2,672 19 8 Eli Manning Giants 11 8-3 219 356 61.5 2,516 17 8
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March 28, 2012
Given the recent crackdown on contract hits, as noted in "Sins of the Saints" (March 22) and other player run-ins with the law, perhaps the acronym NFL refers to the National Felons League. Dennis R. McCartney, Baltimore
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November 6, 2012
Ryan and Kubiak Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune It is difficult to argue with the choices of the players who were polled by The Sporting News. Gary Kubiak (underrated) has not won big in the postseason, but he runs a solid program, develops players and finds a way to consistently contend. Since the start of the 2011 season, he has guided the Texans to a 17-7 record despite seeing his team battle through some potentially devastating injuries.He really has put Houston on the NFL map again, with the four best seasons in franchise history.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
The Ravens' defense won't be competing against Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon this season. His one-year suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy was upheld by the league after an appeal was heard by vice president Harold Henderson. Gordon played just one game against the Ravens last season, catching three passes for 44 yards. He was serving a two-game suspension for testing positive for codeine that kept him out of the Browns' first game against the Ravens last year.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
An ESPN poll of NFL front office personnel and coordinators had good things to say about Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who checks in among the top quarter of NFL head coaches. Harbaugh came in ninth in the poll conducted by ESPN's Mike Sando , which asked 30 NFL industry sources to rate the coaches on a 1-5 scale, with one being best and five being the worst. The scores were then averaged, with the lowest average number being the best. Harbaugh's score placed him firmly in the second-tier of NFL coaches and one spot behind his brother, Jim, who coaches the San Francisco 49ers.
NEWS
August 21, 2014
We hereby call upon the editor of The Sun op-ed page to suspend Susan Reimer two weeks for violating the rules of rational thinking ( "Ray Rice decision appears to prompt new NFL policy," Aug. 17). She is worried that the NFL "seeks to punish not only behavior that affects play on the field but behavior not even found criminal under the law. " Her first example: "Bullying in the locker room, for example. " As a former sportswriter, Ms. Reimer should know that what happens in the locker room most definitely does affect play on the field, including when it leads a bullied player to quit the team.
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Mike Preston | August 21, 2014
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was having a conversation with league officials before a recent preseason game when he jokingly said what many defensive backs are thinking these days. His point, though, was valid. "There is more contact now in the NBA than the NFL," Pees said, laughing. "What we are being called for is not a foul in the NBA. If you look in the paint, those guys are pushing, shoving and elbowing each other. "I'm all for safety in the game where they prohibit launching and helmet to helmet, but I don't know where we're headed from here.
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Susan Reimer | August 17, 2014
The National Football League — the folks who first brought you the pink player jerseys — looks ready to codify punishment for players accused of beating women. According to reports leaking out all over the place, the new policy would provide for suspensions of four to six games without pay for the first domestic abuse offense and possibly a season-long suspension for a second offense. The decision was clearly made as a result of the withering criticism NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell received for suspending Baltimore Raven Ray Rice for only two games after the running back was accused of assaulting his then fiancee, now his wife, in the elevator of an Atlantic City hotel.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The NFL is considering tougher penalties for players who commit acts of domestic violence as the league continues to deal with sharp backlash for its two-game suspension of Ravens running back Ray Rice. The Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the discussions, said in a Wednesday report the suspensions could increase to four to six games for first offenders and a full season for repeat offenders, which would put them in line with the punishment for using performance-enhancing drugs.
NEWS
September 8, 2013
I am a rabbi and attorney who grew up in Baltimore. In past years I have been unsuccessful in getting the NFL to look at the religious holiday schedules before scheduling games that conflict with these observances. Rather than set up a calendar committee to avoid cultural conflict and disrespect, the NFL chooses to either ignore the issue or view to view it with "benign neglect. " Neither is acceptable. It happens that, aside from being observant, I am also an enthusiastic sports fan. There is simply no excuse for intentionally scheduling sports events on days that conflict with major religious holidays.
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October 24, 2012
Kevin Cowherd : Vikings Edward Lee : Vikings Mike Preston : Vikings Peter Schmuck : Vikings Matt Vensel: Vikings Aaron Wilson: Vikings Jeff Zrebiec : Vikings
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Former Ravens safety Ed Reed had his moments with the media during his superlative career here, some good, some bad. But now, he's joining their ranks. Sports Business Daily's John Ourand reported Thursday afternoon that Reed would be joining Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall on the “Inside the NFL” show, which will air Tuesday nights on Showtime and re-air Wednesday on NFL Network. Reed told reporters at Lardarius Webb's charity softball game in June that he was “definitely preparing to play,” though he didn't have plans to sign at all. "I'm very excited to be part of the Inside the NFL team this season," Reed said in a statement.
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Mike Preston | August 11, 2014
When the regular season opens next month, former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott will debut on CBS's NFL Today pregame show as a commentator and analyst. Can't wait. Scott will be provocative, funny, entertaining and knowledgeable, but there also will be times when what he says might appear irrational or as if he's "on medication. " Can't wait. Scott, affectionately known as "The Mad Backer" in Baltimore, will always give you an honest, sometimes emotional opinion, none better than his "can't wait" rant on ESPN in 2011 after his New York Jets upset the New England Patriots.
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